So, on top of scrapbooking, card making & my mini albums, I also knit. A few years ago when both my mom & I were 'relearning' how to knit, we'd try to take a class together each fall or winter. One winter about 6 or 7 years ago, my mom and I took a Felted Slipper Knitting class.
I think everyone thought we were looney when we brought home a 'slipper' that looked like something a clown in a circus would wear. However, because they were knit with wool, you throw them in the washer and guess what happens? Yep, they shrink up like sheep in the rain and into something FABULOUS!!!
So, every few years, after the recipients wear the bottoms out, I start from the beginning and make everyone a pair of felted slippers for Christmas. My dad and Glen usually get a new pair each Christmas. My dad usually wears his out in 8 months, so it's gotten to be a funny gift between he and I. This year I'm making 21 pair, hence getting started on CHRISTMAS gifts in September........
So, here's my start -
I made two pair last week (the purple & green) and have begun the first pair for this week. I've made 6 pair in the last few weeks (I usually knit while we watch tv in the evening or sports. My mom and I have also been known to take our knitting to football games, baseball games and pretty much any place else we can 'get away' with it. You wouldn't believe the conversations we end up in with other people wondering what we're doing......:).
So, this is a slipper from the side, prior to felting - you can see the stitches much more than the second photo below. This one is about 16" from end to end, just to give you an idea how they shrink down.
This is the felted slipper from the side (my mom made me these last winter). I wear a 7 1/2 ish just to give you an idea of size. They are the warmest slippers I think any of us have ever had and we haven't had a complaint from anyone yet.
So, that's the story of the felted slippers.
Hope you're having a great day!